Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Balance Isn’t Just About Coordination (Part One)

by Doug Ward on September 16, 2013

Exceptional athletes learn to look at other sports, see what works and adapt that to their own training approaches.  One instance of this could be in relation to the sport of bodybuilding.  Bodybuilders employ a style of weight training called supersets.  During super-setting, lifters work opposing muscle groups.  For instance, they will do one set of […]

The Attributes of a Fighter

by Doug Ward on August 29, 2012

Being a fighter takes a special combination of skill and will, power and finesse and an unmatched physical and mental toughness.  Boxing requires a resolve to not only survive, but thrive in any situation you’re faced with.  From technique to tenacity, these are the most important characteristics of any great fighter.

Use a Little Elbow Grease

by Doug Ward on July 24, 2012

If you’re like most fighters or coaches, then you’ve either said it or heard it said a thousand times…”Keep your elbows in”. It may sound basic, but the benefit of making this simple adjustment is anything but. What you can gain with this one, simple adjustment may have more complexities, but also more benefits than […]

Old Habits Die Hard

by Doug Ward on June 28, 2012

Although there are certainly life lessons and traditional rules of etiquette that apply to all situations, there are a handful of seemingly good habits that can work against you in the boxing ring.  What you do in life, how you conduct yourself day-to-day, doesn’t always mesh well with what you need to practice in the […]

Boxing Shorts

by Doug Ward on February 14, 2012

  There are many bits of advice that are too long to be considered tips and too short to write an entire feature about.  In spite of that, they are still important information to remember. In no particular order and somewhat random, here they are…

Jabs from Blydell – Balance is Key

by Blydell Martin on February 9, 2012

Balance is key in fighting. You want to stay on the balls of your feet, not on your heels. This way you will always be in punching position and able to respond quickly and move easier. It also allows you to rotate your feet generating punching power. Blydell Martin is currently a boxing trainer with […]

Jabs from Blydell – Protect the Fort

by Blydell Martin on January 25, 2012

Keep your chin down and eyes up. This will protect you from getting  hit in the soft spot which is the nose, eyes, and mouth. You want your opponent to hit you in the forehead region which is the hardest part of the head. More importantly keeping your chin tucked and hands up will protect […]

Jabs from Blydell – Are You Watching?

by Blydell Martin on January 4, 2012

Keep your eyes open and on your opponent at all times. It is the punch that you don’t see that is the most dangerous, and the one that knocks you out.   Blydell Martin is currently a boxing trainer with TITLE Boxing Club in Olathe, KS.

Jabs from Blydell – Power from the Core

by Blydell Martin on November 23, 2011

Sit down on your punches.  Use your legs and core to generate punching power.  Slightly squat, drop your buttocks down, bend your legs while throwing power punches.  Make sure you turn your waist and pivot your foot.  Using your legs will make your punches more effective. Blydell Martin is currently a boxing trainer with TITLE […]

Jabs from Blydell – Attacking the Unorthodox

by Blydell Martin on October 17, 2011

The right hand lead, left hook is a great weapon against and unconventional fighter (south paw) Position your front foot to the left and outside of  your opponents front foot to avoid their power hand and make it easier to defend against their jab. Once you are at this angle you can deliver a powerful […]